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The Boss: Bruce on Hull draw, debutants display, Agbonlahor goal and future transfers

The Boss: Bruce on Hull draw, debutants display, Agbonlahor goal and future transfers
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Steve Bruce spoke to the media following the 1-1 draw with Hull City.

His views are below.

On struggling to build on first-half display…

It’s been an achilles heel since I’ve been here. We’ve done a lot like that. 

We’ve created enough chances, especially in the first half. 

We had two one-on-ones before we scored and we scored after eight minutes. 

We didn’t have the same intensity in the second half. 

But if we’ve got to go forward and improve, our achilles heel is not taking opportunities that come our way and in the end we have been punished. 

That little bit of quality came from the boy Kamil Grosicki who put a great cross in and with their main chance of the game they stuck it away.  

On Hull goalscorer Jarrod Bowen…

I should have left him at Hereford! 

He looks a good player for £50,000, I know that. 

I signed him when he was playing at Hereford. 

He was playing in a man’s league when he was only a boy. 

We were tipped off by the academy lad who works in the first team now and we didn’t hesitate to go and get him. 

He is one of a few youngsters who did very well. 

TerryPostHullMainWebOn John Terry and the other debutants…

He was everything I expected him to be. 

The lads we’ve bought in have bought experience to us which definitely all helps. 

We’ve got a nice sprinkling of youngsters as well. 

We’ve got to improve on one thing which is to capitalise on the chances we missed. 

You can’t play in big games and not to do that. 

To be fair, Hull were in the Premier League last year and we were close to blowing them away in the first half. 

We missed chances and didn’t take them and didn’t play with the intensity in the second half. 

The one Andre Green missed at the death will be on one of those Christmas videos, I’m sure. It’s frustrating. 

GabbyPostHullMainWebOn goalscorer Gabriel Agbonlahor’s performance…

Gabriel has still got a bit of work to do. 

He’s not all finished but he has certainly worked extremely hard to get in this sort of condition that he is in today. 

On the players who are missing through injury…Jedinak and Kodjia were arguably our best players last year. 

We’re without our main goalscorer, which is frustrating for everybody. 

If you taking your top man, scoring-wise, out of the team you obviously get frustrated. 

But hopefully in a month or so we’ll have them back in.  

On the prospect of further transfer activity…

Have a look round – there are still two, three or four people who will probably leave the club. 

As I’ve said repeatedly, we’re on cusp of Financial Fair Play so we’ve got to box a bit clever. 

I’m sure two or three will go, so maybe one more (potential signing). 

But us managers are always looking. We’re never satisfied but nor should we be. 

We should never be satisfied with what we’ve got. 

But I’m very comfortable with what we’ve done. 

We looked a very decent team in the first half against a team who have just come out of the Premier League so in that respect I was very pleased.

On potential departures…

There are one or two bits and pieces flying around but nothing in them.

On Jordan Amavi not being in the matchday squad…

With all the stuff linked to Jordan Amavi, I’ve had to make a decision. 

I’ve had to leave four or five out. We’ve got too many. 

He’s the unfortunate one to be left out. 

But I probably need attacking players rather than defenders. 

I’ve got James Bree on the bench and he got the nod over Jordan Amavi.  

WhelanPostHullMainWebOn Hull City…

A lot has been regurgitated about Hull. It is a year on. 

I had a wonderful four years there. If I can replicate here I’d be absolutely delighted. 

They’ve still got some very decent players and they are a still a very decent side with the players they’ve got left, so I wish them the best of luck.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 5th August 2017